Virat Kohli’s 41st ODI hundred went in vain as Aaron Finch-led Australia beat India by 32 runs to win the Ranchi ODI. @AFP

Virat Kohli’s 41st ODI hundred went in vain as Australia beat India by 32 runs to win the third ODI in Ranchi on Friday. With the win in MS Dhoni’s hometown, the Aaron Finch-led side managed to keep the five-match series alive. (India vs Australia, 3rd ODI: SCORECARD)

While Kohli was happy with the way the team pulled back a few things after Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja put up a 193-run partnership for the opening wicket, he admitted that his decision to bowl first “was wrong” after India won the toss. (ALSO READ: 3rd ODI: Khawaja, Finch stand trumps Kohli 123 as Australia stay alive)

We were (in the game) specially how we pulled back things in the last 10 overs. We thought we would be chasing 350+ with the way Australia were going. I think they batted outstandingly well in the first 40 overs, but we pulled it back in the last 10 after Maxi’s run out. We were quite optimistic of our chance but well,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.

We were told there was going to be dew around 7-7 30, but there is not a drop of dew on the ground even now. I got that calculation wrong a little bit,” added the Indian skipper. (ALSO READ: Don’t think Virat Kohli’s my bunny: Adam Zampa)

“Nonetheless, we were keen to get that score on the board. The wicket wasn’t improving at all and wasn’t getting easier to bat on. So we had to make the most of whatever loose balls we got. I tried to do that for a decent time of the innings I played in but eventually I knew, the odd risk you have to keep taking and one more wicket it would get difficult. That is exactly what happened. If we were three down with 100 needed off 13-14 overs, it was still achievable. But with five down it was difficult. Australia knew that as well and they kept pitching in the areas that made us hit good shots, then I got and Vijay got out, there was no looking back from there,” Kohli continued.

Chasing 314, India did not enjoy a solid start as Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins reduced the hometeam to 27/3, with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu back in the dressing room.

Although Kohli and MS Dhoni stitched a 59-run partnership and Kohli and Kedar Jadhav added 88 runs together, losing first three wickets in a quick succession did not help India’s cause despite Kohli’s 95-ball 124-run knock.

Kohli made it clear that India, as a team, will not like to see such batting collapses.

“No team wants to do that (lose 4-5 wickets early). We are a team that takes a lot of pride in our cricket. We are a team that have strung in partnerships. We haven’t lost three in bunches many times,” said Kohli before adding, “So it has happened a couple of times in the series and that is something we look forward to plugging in the next couple of games.”

“The guys who have got out will want to make the most of the opportunity. We don’t want collapses. We want partnerships that can get us going.”

Discussing his second successive hundred in the series, Kohli said he was feeling well since the time he faced the first ball. (ALSO READ: Virat Kohli surpasses Rahul Dravid to become India’s third-highest ODI run-getter)

However, he was disappointed with the way he got out off Adam Zampa’s bowling.The Indian skipper though lauded Australia and Zampa.

“In terms of hitting the ball, it was one of my finest hundreds. I just felt really clear in my head from ball one. Even after three wickets I thought I should play my game and not think of what happens if I play my shots. I was very disappointed when I got out. I really thought we had a chance with the difference being 20 between balls and runs,” said Kohli.

“Australia played better on the day. Adam bowled well and they won the game.”

The Indian side retained the same playing XI in the first three games of the series. But with India, only having two international games left before the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Kohli said India will make a couple of changes in the team and look to avoid hiccups like the ones in Ranchi. (ALSO READ: Ball-tracking under scrutiny after Aaron Finch’s lbw dismissal)

“We will have a few changes in the next couple of games. We have to figure out what those changes are. But the idea is to go out there and win matches and take a lot of pride in winning games for the country. That mindset will not change. We will have a few new faces and they will have to make the most of their chances because there is a World Cup coming and everyone wants to be on that flight,” said Kohli.

“The guys are excited and looking forward to it. A little hiccup in the middle but we will regroup and come back stronger,” concluded Kohli.